Another contender Judge Raymond Kethlidge made headlines blasting the IRS over its treatment of tea party groups.
The real players are folks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose late-hour political jockeying upended the notion that the high court spot was D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh's to lose.
"Justice Kavanaugh has the most experience but Justice Hardiman is the one that will get through the Senate more easily and he would bring better legal mind to the United States or in court than all four", Valentino told News10NBC.
He claimed Trump is looking to pick a judge who will "automatically overturn Roe v. Wade", but said a "vast majority" of Americans will side with Democrats if Trump makes such a pick.
Trump's sister, a retired federal judge, served with Hardiman on the 3rd Circuit and reportedly recommended him for the job.
Trump has spent the weekend discussing his options with allies and will announce his pick at 9 p.m. EDT Monday from the White House.
Education: Barrett received her undergraduate degree from Rhodes College in Memphis and studied law at the University of Notre Dame where she is a longtime law professor.
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Even if Republicans lose one or two votes, they will likely still be able to confirm the nominee - who is expected to be announced Monday evening - with the support of several Democrats up for re-election in November in states where Trump is overwhelmingly popular.
There are no set dates for when the confirmation hearings will begin. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge. While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.
Trump was reportedly receptive to the idea, though it's unclear whether that will change his decision.
Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light. On Sunday he was back to citing "the four people". He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000.
Current position: Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to a lifetime appointment on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals this past October. But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch past year, leaving the Republicans room for error. I'm open to voting no. The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump found Kethledge a little tiresome and anxious about his record on immigration. We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Jones told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union. "I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".